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New York

Introduction

It's the city that never sleeps but there's enough variety in New York to please those who are just after a simple urban retreat. With developments such as the High Line and the Hudson River Park offering more landscaped green space than ever, you can take a break between restaurant hopping and museum visits to sit back and take in one the world's most impressive skylines.

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Essentials

  1. None of New York’s three airports are efficient or user-friendly but JFK is the worst. Avoid the long immigration lines and the cab queues and pick Newark. There’s a rail link into Manhattan’s Penn Station.
  2. Don’t try to find a cab around 16.30: the drivers switch shifts between 16.00 and 17.00.
  3. Rent a car. Within a couple of hours you can be on a beach in the Hamptons or hiking in the scenic Hudson Valley.
  4. Jog or cycle up the newly landscaped parks on the West Side along the Hudson or on the eastern edge of the East River.
  5. Weekend brunch is one of New York’s best traditions but turn up for a table before noon.

Two-hour tour

  • MoMA — Tour the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan for a view of one of the finest collections of modern art in the world.

    11 West 53 Street

    +1 212 708 9400

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  • Brooklyn Bridge — Walk across from Manhattan and marvel at the 85-acre park in Brooklyn's Dumbo (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass).

    +1 718 222 9939

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  • Morgan Library — Houses a renowned collection of prints, manuscripts and old-master drawings.

    225 Madison Avenue at 36th Street

    +1 212 685 0008

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Hotels

  • Independent and easy

    The Crosby Street Hotel

    79 Crosby Street

    +1 212 226 6400

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  • Dependable chain

    Four Seasons

    57 East 57th Street

    +1 212 758 5700

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  • Premium

    St Regis

    2 East 55th Street

    +1 212 753 4500

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Dining

  • Fast breakfast

    Smile To Go

    22 Howard Street

    +1 646 863 3893

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  • Business breakfast

    Balthazar

    80 Spring Street

    +1 212 965 1414

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  • Mid-morning coffee

    Bar Maialino

    2 Lexington Ave

    +1 212 777 2410

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  • Working lunch with colleagues

    John Dory Oyster Bar

    1196 Broadway

    +1 212 792 9000

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  • Lunch on your own

    Parm

    248 Mulberry Street

    +1 212 993 7189

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  • Afternoon tea/drink

    Crosby Street Hotel (bar)

    79 Crosby Street

    +1 212 226 6400

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  • Dinner on your own

    Perla

    24 Minetta Lane

    +1 212 933 1824

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  • Big dinner with partner/clients

    Masa

    10 Columbus Circle, 4F, Time Warner Center

    +1 212 823 9800

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  • Dinner with friends

    Il Buco

    47 Bond Street

    +1 212 533 1932

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  • Intimate dinner

    Blue Hill

    75 Washington Place

    +1 212 539 1776

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  • Late drinks

    Brandy Library

    25 North Moore St

    +1 212 226 5545

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  • On the tiles

    Acme

    9 Great Jones Street

    +1 212 203 2121

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Reading

  • Books and Magazines

    St Mark's Bookshop

    31 Third Avenue

    +1 212 260 7853

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  • Travel reading

    Idlewild Books

    12 W 19th Street

    +1 212 414 8888

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Thank yous

Shopping

  • Something for yourself

    The Monocle Shop

    535 Hudson Street (at Charles Street)

    +1 212 229 1120

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  • Something you can't get anywhere else

    American farmhouse cheese from Saxelby Cheesemongers

    120 Essex Street

    +1 212 228 8204

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  • Lost luggage - where to buy shirts

    Uniqlo

    546 Broadway

    +1 877 486 4756

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  • Something for the kids

    A seesaw from BDDW

    5 Crosby Street

    +1 212 625 1230

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  • Something for someone you love

    Antique 19th-century map of New York from Pageant Print Shop

    69 East 4th Street

    +1 212 674 5296

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  • Something for yourself

    Custom boots from E Vogel

    19 Howard Street

    +1 212 925 2460

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Transport

  • Buy a pass — MetroCards are the cheapest way to travel. Singles cost $2.50 (€1.80); an unlimited seven-day pass costs $30 (€22).

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Limousine/car

Fitness

  • Good gym

    Equinox — Found in Midtown, Uptown, Downtown and Brooklyn. Great classes, equipment and locations – and good-looking clientele.

    +1 866 332 6549

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  • Best yoga classes

    Kula Yoga Project

    28 Warren Street, 4F

    +1 212 945 4460

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